I would like to add hidden raised texture into my wet felting, and was wondering if someone could suggest what to use please? I have seen half a felt ball used which is a nice effect but I wish to create swirls. I noticed some felters used thin felt ropes, however my ropes do not want to stay put in an swirly artistic way! I have looked at jute string, but same problem again, a sturdy yarn perhaps?
I think you can use any of those things. I believe the trick to keeping them in place is to do a lot of rubbing first. You could even lightly stitch them down using a couching type stitch over the string in spots before covering and rubbing. If you use yarn unless it's sturdy it will flatten. I would experiment and make samples first to see if you're getting the effect you want. Good luck! I look forward to seeing what you create in swirls.
Thanks Marilyn, I like the stitching idea, and Judith, thanks yes I have seen Angela Barrow's hidden texture blog, she uses felt ropes, and something called wool cord that I am not familiar with, prefelts sound good.
The object of texture (a felt ball cut in half, or a felt rope) is placed on top of the wool layer, then two more layers are placed on top, then felted. The finished item will show the raised texture of what has been hidden under the wool layers, so a 'bump' that is the felt ball, or 'wormy' lines for the felt ropes. Hope that explains it ok for you Madeleine!
I have used a heavily fulled wool blanket cut up in pieces to good effect. You could use up old pieces of felt that you don't like. It doesn't matter if they are already fulled. To prevent shifting, the rubbing around the raised areas is the key for me. But Marilyn's idea of doing a few stitches to hold in place is a good idea too.
Yes the secret is lots of rubbing around the object at the start. You can needle felt them into place too. For ropes I find they stay in place in the shape you want if you get them wet first. When you lay the wool over them make sure it goes down the sides of the object too and not like a tent over it.